By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

No. 66: March 10, 2000The Sabres trade Michal Grosek to Chicago for Doug Gilmour and Jean-Pierre Dumont.

Sometimes salary considerations could turn a deal particularly one-sided. Such was the case when the Blackhawks and Sabres traded some forwards in 2000.

Buffalo had some interest in J.P. Dumont, a young forward. The asking price was Michal Grosek, who was coming off a 50-point season but someone who probably wasn’t going to get too much better. However, the sweetener was the fact that the Blackhawks were willing to send Doug Gilmour to Buffalo in the deal as well. The catch was that the Sabres had to pick up more than half of Gilmour’s $7 million salary. Buffalo agreed.

That was money well invested. Grosek was dealt by Chicago to the Rangers for future considerations that fall. Dumont had five good seasons with the Sabres. Gilmour stayed for slight more than a year, and tried to help the group from the ’99 team make one last run at glory in the next two seasons. This was a very good trade by Sabres’ GM Darcy Regier.

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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has been involved in almost every aspect of the local sports scene for the last 40 years. He worked for WEBR Radio, the Buffalo Sabres' public relations department and The Buffalo News during that time. In that time he covered virtually every aspect of the area's sports world, from high schools to the Bills and Sabres and everything in between. Along the way, Budd served as a play-by-play announcer for the Bisons, an analyst for the Stallions, and a talk-show host. He won the National Lacrosse League's Tom Borrelli Award as the media personality of the year in 2011, and was a finalist for that same award in 2017. Budd's seventh and eighth books, one on the Transcontinental Railroad and the other about Ichiro Suzuki, are scheduled to be released in the fall.

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